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Kayak record white seabass roped at Dana Point

Unofficially scaled at 80 pounds!  BY PAUL LEBOWITZ DANA POINT – Kayak angler Brian Beam of Mission Viejo is having the time of his life. On Saturday, Beam cashed in on his first legal white seabass, a fish of a lifetime...

New lake record blue catfish posted at Otay Reservoir: 105.9 pounds!

By Blake Warren CHULA VISTA — Just on the precipice of the annual bass spawn, it was a massive blue catfish making headlines early last week as a hulking 105.9-pound whiskerfish was tamed by Dr. Ryan Hulbert of La Mesa, who...

Anglers triple-team monster Rush Creek brown trout

JUNE LAKE – Following a casual dinner conversation, a group of friends took an impromptu road trip to the Eastern Sierra with a mutual understanding that fishing would be no higher than third priority. While all adventure and sight-seeing...

Dear subscribers: How to access your digital edition

If all you're looking for is the link to the digital edition, you can find it HERE.   More temporary changes coming to WON due to the COVID-19 health emergency SAN CLEMENTE – Western Outdoor News has been published weekly without fail...

Southern California freshwater round-up

Diamond Valley Lake re-opened with new COVID-19 prevention policies Many more lakes across Southern California becoming available for outdoor recreation, usually with restrictions BY BLAKE WARREN and MIKE STEVENS HEMET — On May 1, Diamond Valley Lake reopened for fishing, boating, hiking...

PENN announces new Fathom saltwater baitcaster

Squall baitcaster, Squall II conventional and Battle III spinning reels also debuting for 2021 PENN is adding an all-new and, dare we say it, unexpected category of saltwater reel to its popular and effective Fathom family. The Fathom baitcaster will be...

The scoop on San Diego County’s launch ramps (updated)

Story updated Friday, May 8 at 1:30 p.m. SAN DIEGO -- We ran around San Diego County checking for open saltwater launch ramps so you wouldn't have to. Some but not all reopened on May 1, 2020, for recreational boating. Here's what...

25.54-pound rainbow caught! (updated)

UPDATE, May 25, 10:20 a.m.: As soon as #WON posted this story's lead photo on Facebook, it was hit with a barrage of criticism, with some commenters claiming the area is illegal to fish and others resenting the "spot...

Remembering Jack Nilsen: The lessons of fishing long range

Very sad news on Christmas Day, 2020... Accurate Fishing announced the passing of patriarch Jack Nilsen. He will be long remembered for his good natured camaraderie at the rail, as well as his place in sportfishing tackle history. He...

Lessons learned fishing for big bluefin

BY RICH HOLLAND SAN DIEGO – By now it’s apparent there is a perennial crop of quality bluefin tuna off the Southern California and Northern Baja coast. The reason or reasons matter not for this story. This is about how...

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California Open Day 2: Welton’s big bag grabs lead heading into final day

BY JODY ONLY LAKEPORT, Calif. – Competition continued for Day Two of the 9th Annual WON Bass California Open on Thursday, with a shuffling of the top spots on the leaderboard. Pro angler Nick Welton, of Galt, Calif. Vaulted to...

Surf Fishing round up

Compiled by Gundy Gunderson SANTA BARBARA— The halibut were on the bite this week, according to Hook, Line and Sinker. Anglers reported good catches on most beaches. Two grunion runs and the gradual warming water has drawn the fish shallow....

SoCal outdoor enthusiasts gain outfitting option in Gear Coop

Fully dialed for serious salt anglers, but it doesn’t end there SANTA ANA – Known in the climbing world as a specialty retailer focused on the outdoors, Gear Coop has recently expanded to offer saltwater fishing equipment. With skilled and...